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South Tyneside man drowns in Spain

Salou, Spain Credit: ITV News

A South Tyneside man has drowned in Spain - the third Briton to die off the Spanish coast in less than a week.

It is understood that 48-year-old Carl Dunlop, who worked as a bus driver, got into difficulties in the sea at the resort of Salou, south of Barcelona.

Carl Dunlop Credit: Facebook

His death comes just days after two women from Birmingham were swept out to sea while on holiday in Lloret de Mar, a popular resort on the Costa Brava.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Salou, Spain, on 6th of October. We are providing support to the family at this difficult time."

Vandals cause damage to six cars on one street

Six cars have been damaged in a street in South Tyneside after yellow paint was sprayed or splattered onto the vehicles.

The damages happened between 7.30pm on Saturday October 3 and 9am on Sunday October 4 in Bede Terrace in East Boldon.

Extra patrols are in the area as police speak to people to gather information, officers will also be offering residents reassurance and providing a visible deterrent to further offences.


New Chief Executive for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Credit: South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

The new Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Williamson, has pledged to lead the organisation in improving the health of local people.

Mr Williamson has taken over from Lorraine Lambert, who retired after 36 years, 18 of those as Chief Executive in South Tyneside.

Lorraine is a hard act to follow but, as a result of her efforts working with our fantastic staff over the years, the Trust is in a strong position going forward to deliver an exciting agenda of integrated health and social care development and I look forward to building upon her great legacy."

– Steve Williamson

Diners tuck in to first South Tyneside Restaurant Week

The first South Tyneside Restaurant Week is underway giving diners a chance to try something new for a discounted price.

Organised by the council, it is running across the borough until Saturday October 10th, with visitors enjoying a range of special two and three course menus.

Those taking part, including restaurants in Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields, have each developed their own unique offering.

We hope this will encourage diners from South Tyneside and further afield to take advantage of the special offers available until Saturday and to come and sample some of the fantastic cuisine that the borough has to offer.

– Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council

For a full list of those taking part, including their individual menus and prices, visit

'Tony the Fridge' facing assault charges

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A charity fundraiser from South Tyneside famed for running with a fridge on his back has appeared in court charged with assault.

Tony Morrison, better known as "Tony the Fridge", faces four charges of assault and one for using violence to enter a home.

The 50-year-old, from Hebburn, became famous for running with a 94lb fridge on his back and was named fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Britain Awards 2014.

He will go on trial at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on December 11.

TRAVEL: All Metro services suspended between Bede and South Shields

Metro services are delayed at stations across the network Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Metro services on South Tyneside are disrupted due to a trespass incident

All Metro services have been suspended between Bede and South Shields.

Passengers are being off-loaded from trains onto platforms at Pelaw.

Stations across the network are incredibly busy due to the Great North Run and Sunderland v Spurs at the Stadium of Light, with major delays expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

Passengers are being asked to get off the stationary trains due to the heat Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees


VOTE: Should children be sent home for incorrect uniform?

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was sent home on the first day of term because teachers said her trousers were too tight.

Ellisha Oliver and a few of her classmates at South Shields Community College were told to change their trousers because they broke the new uniform policy.

Do you think children should be sent home for wearing the wrong uniform?

Vote in our poll:

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Warning after prescription drugs stolen in supermarket

Police are warning people of the dangers of taking medication that is not prescribed to them after drugs were stolen from a South Tyneside supermarket.

The medication stolen including Amlodipine, Temazepam, Lamotrigine, Zomorph, Amitriptyline and Navakiragam.

It was taken from a person at the ASDA supermarket in Hebburn on the evening of Tuesday August 25th.

Some of the drugs have the potential to cause harm if taken by somebody it was not prescribed to and police are urging people to be on guard.

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